US 7942535 B2
A light fixture having at least one light source for generating a beam of light, a plurality of color filters are rotatable into position to intercept the light beam. The color filters are fixed to the color wheel by a central spring which has a number of radial protruding tongues for fixation of the color filters. The color filters are removable yet are secured in a correct position by radial protrusions formed between the color filters an circular outer protrusion located outward of the color filters so as to form a cavity that surrounds the color filter at both sides as well as at outward. Inward of the color filters, they are fixed by the protruding tongue that presses them down and keeps them in place. This leads to a nearly perfect fixation of each color filter, which can be exchanged if necessary.
1. A light fixture, comprising:
at least one light source for generating a beam of light,
at least one color wheel, which color wheel comprises a plurality of color filters mounted on the periphery of the color wheel, which color filters are positioned mostly contiguous to each other, the color wheel being rotatable to place a respective one of the color filters in position to intercept the light beam,
wherein the color filters are replaceably fixed to the color wheel by a central protruding spring, which central protruding spring comprises a number of radial protruding tongues for fixation of the color filters,
wherein the color wheel further comprises a number of radial protrusions formed between the color filters and a circular outer protrusion outward of the color filters,
wherein the radial protrusions and outer protrusion form an open framework within which each of the color filters is held over a respective opening of the framework by a respective one of the tongues of the central protruding spring.
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1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates to a light fixture comprising at least one light source for generating a beam of light, which light fixture comprises at least one color wheel, which color wheel comprises a plurality of color filters mounted on the periphery of the wheel, which filters are positioned mostly contiguous to each other, which color wheels is rotated to place the peripheral color filters in position to intercept the light beam, which color filters are replaceable, which color filters are fixed to the color wheel by a central spring, which central spring comprises a number of radial protruding tongues for fixation of the color filters.
2. Description of Related Art
U.S. Pat. No. 4,800,474 concerns a lighting fixture, which light fixture includes a source for producing a beam of light and pair of color wheels. Each of the color wheels has a plurality of dichroic filters mounted on the periphery of the wheel with the filters positioned contiguous to each other. The light beam is directed to a focal point. Each of the color wheels can be rotated to place the peripheral dichroic filters in position to intercept the beam. One of the color wheels is equipped with long wave pass dichroic filters while the other color wheel is equipped with short wave pass dichroic filters. By aligning various combinations of these filters, a large number of different colors with different saturations can be produced. The cut-off wavelengths for the dichroic filters are selected to be different at the long and short wavelengths of the filter set, such that there is produced a perceived uniform graduation of colors across the spectrum. Each of the dichroic filters mounted on the color wheels is in a shape of a trapezoid and is mounted adjacent other filters, such that there is no blanking of light or leakage of light in the process of changing from one filter to the next.
U.S. Pat. No. 5,060,126 concerns color wheel for lighting fixture, which color wheel includes a polygonal metal plate, which has slotted metal bars seated on the side edge of the polygonal plate with rectangular glass plates, e.g., dichroic filters adhesively held in the slots of the metal bars spaced. The glass plates are not in direct contact with the metal bars and are spaced close to each other, but not in contact, in a peripheral array.
U.S. Pat. No. 6,011,662 describes a color wheel for lighting fixtures comprising a hub wherein removable, user-selected dichroic filters are engaged by a spring element. The filters are removable held by two pegs extending upward and one nub extending downward. The filters can be lifted for removal.
It is an object of the pending patent application to describe a color wheel where the color filters are removable and where the color filters placed at the color wheel are secured in a correct position. A further object of the invention is to avoid use of glue for fastening the color filters.
This can be achieved by a color wheel of the initially mentioned type if the color wheel further comprises a number of radial protrusions formed between the color filters, which color wheel also comprises an outer circular protrusion at the outside the color filters.
It can hereby be achieved that color filters are fixed in their position because these are placed in a cavity that surrounds the color filter at both sides as well as at the outside. Inwards the color filter is fixed by the protruding tongue that is pressing down the color filter and keeping it in place. This will lead to a nearly perfect fixation of a color filter, which can be exchanged if necessary. The correct placement of a color filter achieves the total performance quality of a light show, as these color filters will be kept in the correct position, independent on movements of for example a moving head or the rotation of the color wheel. If the color has to be changed, it is very easy to exchange one or more of the color filters and then achieve other colors if this is preferred in the next performance of a light show. Placing the color filters in the cavity also leads to a protection of the color filters during service of a light fixture. During service, it is possible to exchange the color wheel with another color wheel comprising another combination of color filters. During that handling, it is very important that the color filters are protected against dirty fingers and/or mechanical impact from tools.
In a preferred embodiment for the invention, the color wheel comprises a protection material placed below the color filters and below the radial protruding tongues. Hereby it is achieved that the material below the protruding tongue is protected against the edge of the color filter. A color filter is probably formed of a quartz glass, which is extremely hard in relation to the metal surface of the color wheel. In order not to damage the color wheel with scratches or damage the color filter, it is very important that some kind of protective material is placed under the color filter, as during placement of the color filter, the edge of the color filter will be in touch with that surface.
The color wheel can be formed of a molded component to which molded component the radial protruding tongues and the protection material are fixed. One possible way of forming a color wheel is by molding. In this way, a high number of color wheels could be produced relatively cheaply when the tooling is fabricated.
The color wheel can mostly be formed of a material comprising magnesium. One possible way is to produce the color wheel in magnesium or a magnesium alloy. Other material would also be possible; however, one of the benefits with using magnesium is a very low weight.
The color wheel can be held in place on an axle by magnetic attraction. The color wheel can be attract to an axle in different ways; one way of keeping the color wheel in a correct position, is by placing a magnet maybe in the center around the axle at the color wheel or placing the magnet at the fixture and letting the magnet attract a central ring placed around the axle. In this way, it will be very easy to replace a color wheel.
Around a central opening in the color wheel, a tooth wheel is formed so that an external tooth wheel can interact with the tooth wheel at the color wheel and in this way rotate the color wheel.
At the outside of the color wheel, a small opening can be formed, which can be detected by an optical or mechanical detector in order to tell a computer system where the correct position is for the color wheel. This is important if a color wheel has been exchanged. During operation, by computer means a light fixture will probably be able to calculate the actual position of the color wheel in different situations as long as there is no power down.
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